SC defers interim bail application of SPS Rathore

Disgraced former Haryana DGP S P S Rathore will have to celebrate Diwali behind bars with the Supreme Court on Wednesday deferring his interim bail plea till November 11 in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case.

New Delhi: Disgraced former Haryana DGP S
P S Rathore will have to celebrate Diwali behind bars with the
Supreme Court on Wednesday deferring his interim bail plea till
November 11 in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case.

A bench of Justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan,
however, clarified that it was not rejecting the bail
application but was only deferring it and sought Central
Bureau of Investigation`s (CBI) response on the plea.
Rathore`s counsel U U Lalit had pleaded to the court
to release 68-year-old Rathore on interim bail so that he can
celebrate Diwali with his family.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had on September 1
dismissed Rathore`s appeal challenging his conviction and the
sentence for molesting 14-year-old Ruchika two decades ago,
saying his conduct as a top official was "shameful".

Justice Jatinder Chauhan had also dismissed a petition
by Rathore, who is undergoing the sentence in high-security
Burail Jail in Chandigarh since May 25, seeking release on
probation.
The sessions court had earlier enhanced his six-month
imprisonment awarded by a trial court in December last year to
18 months in jail on an appeal by CBI and Ruchika`s family.

Ruchika, a budding tennis player, committed suicide
three years after being molested by Rathore on August 12,
1990.

PTI

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